Historical Events in December 1992

  • Dec 1 2 C-141B Starlifters collide in Montana & crash, 13 die

Historic Event

Dec 1 Amy Fisher sentenced 5-15 yrs for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco

  • Dec 2 Kiwi opening batsman John Wright becomes first New Zealander to make 5,000 runs in Test cricket when he scores 14 in the 2nd innings of the drawn 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Moratuwa
  • Dec 2 WQEW-AM radio replaces WQXR on 1560 in NYC
  • Dec 3 The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude oil, runs aground in a storm while approaching La Coruña, Spain, and spills much of its cargo
  • Dec 3 UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia

Historic Event

Dec 4 Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia

  • Dec 5 1st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #12 Florida, 28-21
  • Dec 6 300,000 hindus destroy mosque of Babri India, 4 die
  • Dec 6 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • Dec 6 Davis Cup Tennis, Ft. Worth, Texas: Jim Courier defeats Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the US a 3-1 victory

NFL Record

Dec 6 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

Agreement of Interest

Dec 6 San Francisco Giants sign record $43million USD pact with Pirates MLB outfielder Barry Bonds

  • Dec 7 Galileo spacecraft passes North Pole of Moon (Peary Crater)
  • Dec 8 NBC announces that "Cheers" will go off the air in May 1993
  • Dec 8 Spacecraft Galileo makes its second and closest flyby of Earth at a minimum distance of 305 km for a gravity assist on its way to Jupiter [1]
  • Dec 9 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks
  • Dec 9 NHL NJ Devils organization announces that it will change its colors to black, red, & white for the 1992-93 season
  • Dec 9 Sri Lanka's third-ever Test Cricket victory (v NZ by 9 wkts)
  • Dec 10 "My Favorite Year" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • Dec 10 NHL awards franchises to Miami & Anaheim for 1994-95
  • Dec 10 NY Yankees sign free agent pitcher Jimmy Key
  • Dec 10 Orlanda Magic scores 14 3-pointers (2 shy of record)
  • Dec 11 Nor'easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage

Film & TV History

Dec 11 US President George H.W. Bush awards actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Dec 11 WNEW AM radio on 1130 in NYC ends transmitting after 58 years
  • Dec 12 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, U of Miami (QB)
  • Dec 12 6.8-7.5 earthquake strikes Flores Island (tsunami kills 3,000)

Engagement of Interest

Dec 12 Japanese crown prince Naruhito announces engagement to Masaka Owada

  • Dec 12 Julia Kurotchkina, 18, of Russia, crowned 42nd Miss World
  • Dec 12 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • Dec 13 FCC fines Infinity Broadcasting $600,000
  • Dec 13 Revival of George Kelly's comedy "The Show Off", starring Boyd Gaines and Pat Carroll, closes at Criterion Theater, NYC, after 45 performances
  • Dec 14 52 people, including 25 children, are killed when a helicopter from Tkvarcheli is shot down during the War in Abkhazia

Sports History

Dec 14 Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him

Sports History

Dec 15 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

  • Dec 15 WNew AM (1130) NYC resigns air, replaced by WBBR
  • Dec 17 "A Christmas Carol" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 22 performances
  • Dec 17 Gen Suwa finds tooth of 4.4 million year old Australopithecus ramidus
  • Dec 18 FCC vote 4-1 to allow Infinity to purchase Cook Inlet stations
  • Dec 20 Northwest & KLM introduce a new joint logo "Worldwide Reliability"

Election of Interest

Dec 20 Slobodan Milošević re-elected president of Serbia

  • Dec 21 Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die

Historic Event

Dec 22 Archives of Terror detailing police repression under Dictator Alfredo Stroessner and proving existence of Operation Condor, found by activist Dr. Martín Almada in Asunción, Paraguay [1]

  • Dec 22 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 3rd title as best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov and Ajax forward Dennis Bergkamp
  • Dec 22 Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
  • Dec 24 US President George Bush issues a pardon to former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane for his role in Iran-Contra Affair
  • Dec 24 US President George H. W. Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger for Iran-contra affair
  • Dec 26 New York Jets announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75
  • Dec 26 The NHL's San Jose Sharks end a 13-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the LA Kings, albeit allowing 59 shots, the most in team history; Jeff Hacket makes 57 saves
  • Dec 27 "3 From Brooklyn" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Dec 27 "Les Miserables" opens at Ostregaswerks, Copenhagen
  • Dec 27 "Tommy Tune Tonite! Song & Dance Act" opens at Gershwin Theatre, NYC; runs for 10 performances
  • Dec 27 13th United Negro College Fund raises $11,000,000

Music History

Dec 27 American jazz singer and piano player Harry Connick Jr is caught with 9mm gun in NY's JFK airport

  • Dec 29 Governor Cuomo grants Jean Harris (Scarsdale Diet Dr killer) clemency

Sports History

Dec 30 Australian cricket spin bowling great Shane Warne takes 7/52 to lead Australia to 139 run win v West Indies in 2nd Test in Melbourne

  • Dec 30 Last day of Test Cricket for Michael Whitney
  • Dec 30 Washington defenseman Al Iafrate becomes first player in NHL history to have his shot officially break 100 miles per hour; records 101.4 mph during the Capitals Superskills competition